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Foxes

The fox is a major predator of lambs, poultry and goat kids. They play a significant role in the decline of native wildlife, including rock wallabies, numbats and numerous bird species.

Fox activity and population size around your property can be observed and monitored by looking out for evidence of foxes:

  • visible sightings—day and night
  • missing/dead animals (chickens and stock)
  • fox faeces
  • prints
  • dens.

Control methods

1080 is the main poison used to control foxes. 1080 use is regulated by the Pesticides Act and Pesticide Control Order that defines the requirements for use. Landholders must have current approved chemical users training to obtain and use 1080. Coordinated local group baiting programs will enhance baiting outcomes.

Trapping can be undertaken with the aid of mesh cage traps, or soft/rubber jawed leg hold traps. Lures can be used to attract foxes.

Pest control order

The NSW Government introduced a Pest Control Order (PCO) for the European Red Fox in 2014. This PCO applies across the State of NSW.

Under this order, Local Land Services can serve individual eradication orders to any owner or occupier of land, requiring them to eradicate the pest using a method specified in the eradication order.

Where a fox is cage or leg-hold trapped as part of a control program and cannot be humanely euthanised on-site, a pest animal movement permit from Local Land Services is required under the Local Land Services Act 2013 to move the declared pest animal to a veterinarian for destruction. The application form can be downloaded here:

The PCO does not allow the keeping of newly acquired foxes as pets in captivity.

Captive fox permits

In accordance with the pest control order, foxes can no longer be kept in captivity without a permit, released into the wild or rescued from the wild for adoption or re-homing.

The PCO prohibits new cases of fox ownership or fox husbandry and permits to keep captive foxes are no longer available.

Under the Local Land Services Act 2013, penalties apply for failing to comply with a PCO (50 penalty units or up to $8,500) and failing to register an existing pet fox (20 penalty units or up to $3,400 and removal of any non-permitted animal).

Autumn fox bait distribution 2018

Albury area

TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2018

9.30am - Burrumbuttock

10.00am - Walla Walla

11.00am - Culcairn

12.00pm -  Cookardinia

12.45pm - Henty

THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2018

9.30am - Holbrook

10.45am - Carabost

11.20am - Rosewood

12.00pm - Tumbarumba

1.10pm - Tooma

2.15pm - Khancoban

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018

12.30pm - Walbundrie

1.30pm - Brocklesby

2.15pm - Howlong

2.45pm - Bungowannah

THURSDAY 15 MARCH 2018

9.30am - Woomargama

10.30am - Lankeys Creek Hall

11.00am - Munderoo

12.00pm - Jingellic

1.30pm - Talmalmo

2.00pm - Bowna

Deniliquin area

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2018

8.00am - Bullatale Fire Shed, cooked breakfast

10:30am - Noorumboon Woolshed, Tocumwal Rd

1:30pm - Pretty Pine Rec Ground

WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2018

8.30am - Fairview, Conargo

12.00pm - Pine Leigh, Mayrung

THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2018

7.45am - Bunnaloo Hall

11:00am - Woodfield Woolshed, Moama

1:00pm - Mathoura Station machinery shed

THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2018

8.30am - Junabong shearing shed, cooked breakfast

11.00am - Caldwell Hall

TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2018

9:00am - Koraleigh Fire Shed

12.00pm - Kyalite Reserve

THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2018

9:30am - Woods Lane Corner, Cunninyeuk

12.00pm - Tumble Down, Waddy Bridge

TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2018

9:00am - Moulamein office

1:00pm - Yanga Workshop, Sturt Highway

Jerilderie area

TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2018

9.30-10.30am - “Innesvale, Oaklands

12.00-1.00pm - Rand, Outside Rural Fire Shed

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2018

8.00-9.00am - Murray Local Land Services Depot, Jerilderie,

10.30-11.30am - South Coree Hall

THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2018

9.00-10.00am - Boree Creek Rural Fire Service Shed

12.30-1.30pm - Urana Sale Yards

FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2018

9.30-10.30am - “Waratah”, Berrigan

10.00-11.00pm - Emery Rice Shed Coleambally

11.30-12.30am - “Womboyne”, Back Barooga Rd

TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2018

10.00-11.00am - Savernake Hall, Savernake

12.30-1.30pm - Buraja TSR

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018

9.30-10.30am - “Belubla”, Tocumwal